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Why the African gaming sector is BiG business in 2019 – BiG Africa Supershow 2019

BiG Africa Supershow, Nigeria, kenya, events
South Africa In 2015, PwC South Africa’s senior manager; Sanchia Temkin reported in the annual gambling sector outlook that gaming industry revenues are expected to make a massive rise to R30 Billion (USD$2,17 Billion) in 2019. In later editions of the report in 2017 drafted by Pietro Caliccio and Yolan Naidoo, we see that the predicted rise grew even further...

Africa visitor numbers on the rise

Africa, tourism
A study from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has proved positive reading for regional operators and shown that the continent saw a nine percent increase in tourists through2017. In total Africa attracted 63m visitors in the year and followed a marked increase in sector investment. Chief executive of SME TradeLinks, Salifou Siddo - who was part of the...

BiG Africa Supershow 2019 – A new year, new topics and speakers

Johannesburg-BiG Africa
Eventus International announced that the BiG Africa Supershow will be including some new topics and speakers to ensure that the show remains relevant in the new year. A spokesman for the event says: “We take pride in creating impactful agendas...

Kenya affirms itself as East African market leader

Kenya, world congress, sportspesa
Kenya recently became the first ever African host of a tourism world congress, drawing light to a national market that has weathered storms to establish itself as East Africa’s top player. More than 500 delegates from 40 countries arrived in Mombasa for the 79th International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals World Congress, being hosted on the African continent for the...

Betinvest bolsters third party integration in Africa with M-PESA

Valentyn Kyrylenko Betinvest
The leading Sports Betting platform provider, Betinvest, has strengthened its commitment to local market partnerships in Africa as it prepares to...

ICE brand shows its appeal as industry gives huge support to Africa launch

ICE Africa London Clarion
The first edition of ICE Africa has been declared a milestone event by delegates, sponsors and organisers alike. 1,597 visitors from 79 countries, including 23 African nations, attended the historic two day learning and senior level networking event, which was the first occasion the world renowned ICE brand has been exported outside of its UK home...

ICE brand shows its appeal as industry gives huge support to Africa launch

ICE Africa London Clarion
The first edition of ICE Africa has been declared a milestone event by delegates, sponsors and organisers alike. 1,597 visitors from 79 countries, including 23 African nations, attended the historic two day learning and senior level networking event, which was the first occasion the world renowned ICE brand has been exported outside of its UK home...

ICE brand shows its appeal as industry gives huge support to Africa launch

ICE Africa London Clarion
The first edition of ICE Africa has been declared a milestone event by delegates, sponsors and organisers alike. 1,597 visitors from 79 countries, including 23 African nations, attended the historic two day learning and senior level networking event, which was the first occasion the world renowned ICE brand has been exported outside of its UK home...

ICE brand shows its appeal as industry gives huge support to Africa launch

ICE Africa London Clarion
The first edition of ICE Africa has been declared a milestone event by delegates, sponsors and organisers alike. 1,597 visitors from 79 countries, including 23 African nations, attended the historic two day learning and senior level networking event, which was the first occasion the world renowned ICE...

Kenya moves to cut controversial tax rate after parliament showdown

Kenya, sportspesa, tax, politics, africa
Kenya’s President has fought off stoic parliament opposition and signed off on a finance bill that will see the end of the much maligned 35 percent tax on gaming revenue. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has positioned himself firmly at odds with members of the nation’s parliament after he signed off on a measure that would cut the nation’s controversial 35...

Ghana earmarked for economic prosperity

Ghana, economy, africa, sub-saharan Africa
The Ghanaian vice president, Mahamadu Bauwmia has stated that the country is not only on course to achieve its aim of “Ghana Beyond Aid” but that the nation is fast becoming one of the more robust economies in sub-saharan Africa. The western nation has been making great strides towards financial independence since president Akufo-Addo came to power in early 2017,...

R. Franco’s IRIS platform is “perfect match” for digital development in Africa

ICE Africa R. Franco Digital IRIS
R. Franco Digital, the leading provider of global gaming solutions for online and retail operations, has heralded the first edition of ICE Africa as a “huge opportunity” for the company as it prepares to expand its online betting platform, IRIS, across the continent...

BiG Africa supershow 2019 speaker interview: Duncan Pollock

Duncan Pollock
Players want to be entertained, and if they aren’t they simply won’t come back, it’s that simple, or is it? Based in Cape Town, Duncan heads up marketing at global gaming and jackpot systems service provider DRGT, who’s rather apt vision is: ‘…to develop and deliver the best gaming technology that puts the player first’. Having exhibited at gaming...

ICE Africa poised to make historic debut attracting delegates from 91 countries

ICE Africa 91 countries
The international gaming industry has shown its support for Clarion's vision to deliver a stellar business event for the continent, with the inaugural edition of ICE Africa (24 and 25 of October at the Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa) now at 90% capacity...

DRGT makes a Grand Investment in Africa

DRGT Africa_(L-R)_Charl Geyser and Hassen Adams
DR Gaming Technology and Grand Parade Investments have established DRGT Africa following the purchase of distributor Simplicit-e Gaming Solutions. DR Gaming Technology and JSE-listed investment holding company Grand Parade Investments, have acquired Africa-based distributor Simplicit-e Gaming Solutions, repositioning the firm as DRGT Africa. “We have enjoyed significant success over the last five years in Europe and Africa, as well as in...

Eventus International announces new dates for The BiG Africa SuperShow

Uganda
Eventus International has announced new dates for its flagship event; the BiG Africa Supershow. The firm has long been a gateway to the African gaming sector. For nearly 7 years, they have created one-of-a-kind agendas and exhibition opportunities for the gaming sector with the benefit of all who attend in mind. Based on market feedback, Eventus International has decided to move...

East African law firm predicts key growth for African countries ready to invest in gaming

ICE Africa East Africa law invest gaming
Talking ahead of the inaugural ICE Africa which is set to provide regulators and operators with an ideal platform to discuss the growing market, Amne Suedi, Principal at Shikana Law Group, a law firm operating within East Africa and based in Kenya and Tanzania, explores the where, how and who of investing in the diverse gaming industry across Africa...

umAfrika joins line-up as ICE Africa continues to grow

Women in Gaming Kate Chambers ICE Africa Clarion umAfrika
Support for the inaugural ICE Africa, which is being held across 24th and 25th October at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre, continues to gather momentum with leading distributor umAfrika the latest blue chip commercial organisation to join the list of notable exhibitors...

South African gaming amendment bill derided

South Africa Parliament
A gaming amendment bill which if actioned could bring forth a considerable shake up of the South African gaming environment has been been derided by some as a complete mess. The tabling of a gaming amendment bill in South Africa has been derided by those in the industry as an ill-thought-out move that could put dampeners on the sector. Tabled by...

Regulatory disparity between federal and county bodies putting Kenyan market growth at risk

Nairobi, Kenya
The full extent of Kenya’s restrictive gaming legislation is becoming apparent to those outside of the industry, with local authorities now lending their voice against the government’s policies. Officials in the Kenyan casino hub of Nairobi are joining criticism of the nation’s gaming framework, something which is not only harming operators and dissuading international investment but is seemingly largely to...

New openings affirm City Lodge African progress

Tanzania
African hoteliers, City Lodge Hotel group is set to reach two important milestones in its $70m (R1bn) African expansion drive with the opening of premises in Tanzania and Mozambique in Q4 of this year. The operator has a number of tourist locations throughout the continent centered around a 54-strong portfolio in South Africa and the two new properties in Dar...

Optimism and uncertainty around Zimbabwe tourism future

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has a democratically elected president in Emmerson Mnangagwa following the rejection of an opposition appeal to annul the vote by the nation’s high court and now the nation can look to the future, albeit it with scepticism as much as optimism. The restoration of both visitor and investor confidence in the nation are of paramount importance to Mnangagwa and...

ICE Africa awakens a multi-billion dollar industry on African soil

ICE Africa soil African
Pietro Calicchio, Leader of the Hospitality and Gambling Industry for PricewaterhouseCoopers in South Africa, has identified the gaming industry as being one of the key contributors to improving the economic growth across Africa....

Kenya high court demands Matiang’i suit response

Nairobi, Kenya
The Kenyan High Court has demanded that interior cabinet secretary, Fred Matiang’i, must respond to a suit that alleges he ordered the illegal confiscation of slot machines. Matiang’i had been responsible for a drive to rid the nation of illegal betting units. He and several county commissioners have confiscated and destroyed hundreds of such machines as part of a crackdown...

Zimbabwe targets record breaking year for hospitality

Harare, Zimbabwe
The first quarter of 2018 saw Zimbabwe record a 15 percent increase in tourism arrivals and a 20 percent rise in receipts compared to the same period last year. Such results are a positive indication of changing perceptions surrounding the country in the new post-Mugabe era. Statistics from the national Fiscal Policy and Advisory Services Department showed that there were...

World bank puts $40m into Ghana tourism

Ghana Accra
The World Bank has approved an International Development Association credit worth $40m for the Ghana Tourism Development Project. The west African nation is fast becoming one of the most attractive prospects in the region, both for outside investment and commercial tourism. Central government has undertaken a raft of measures designed to legitimise business practices in the nation, from bank stability...

Kenyan parliament blocks tax reprieve proposals

Casino Review
The Kenyan Government has refused to bow to pressure from casino, sports betting and tourism leaders and declined a review of its calamitous gaming tax framework. It would seem that the voice of reason has not yet reached the Kenyan parliament as MPs have blocked the wholesale reviews of its gaming taxation framework, despite widespread protestations about the negative impact...

ICE Africa confirms John Kamara as Event Ambassador

John Kamara, ICE Africa Ambassador Event
Clarion Gaming has appointed John Kamara, Director of Global Gaming Africa, as Event Ambassador for ICE Africa, as the event positions itself to drive development across the region and bring the whole African Gaming Continent together when it opens between 24 and 25 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa...

Tsogo Sun reorganises ahead of new market opportunities

Johannesburg, South Africa
Tsogo Sun has taken the first steps towards a radical portfolio reorganisation at a time when legislative developments in South Africa’s western cape could open up a litany of expansion opportunities. Competing operators however, are less enthused at the prospect. Recent market contractions coupled with consolidation programmes being undertaken by South Africa’s largest operators had seemingly put a pin in...

Kiron Interactive co-founder heralds Africa as “must-have” territory following ICE brand decision

Kiron ICE Africa Clarion ICE
Steven Spartinos, co-founder and co-CEO of Kiron Interactive, has backed Clarion Gaming’s extension of the ICE brand to Africa this year, claiming that ICE Africa is the international B2B event to look out for in light of the continent’s sports betting, mobile and industry-wide opportunities...

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